No Pattern DIY Slipcover Tutorial

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to sew them some slipcovers I could probably retire.  Ok,  not really.  But,  it is a very common question I get.

Slipcovers are incredibly intimidating for people. I get it.  Even the more experienced seamstresses out there get nervous.

But, here’s the big secret:  You don’t need a pattern to make a slipcover!

That’s right. Your piece of furniture is the pattern.

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In the tutorial below I outline exactly how I slipcovered one my parsons chairs, elegant ruffle included, and be sure to watch the video for a better understanding if you want to try this!

No Pattern DIY Slipcover Tutorial

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  • Once you have your fabric decided on, wash and dry it. I’m using 2 1/2 yards per chair here.
  • Decide where you want your seams and lay the fabric (right side down) in sections over the different parts of the furniture.
  • Be sure to leave some over hang on all the edges, this will be your seams.
  • Now, start pinning along the lines where you will stitch your seams.  Keep the your lines straight and the fit nice and snug.
  • Once your pins are in place for one section, you are ready to stitch exactly along the lines of pins, removing the pins as you go.
  • Turn the slipcover section inside out and make sure that it does indeed fit the way you want it to.
  • Then, turn it wrong side out again and trim the edges of the fabric down to about 1/2 inch.
  • Repeat this process several times for each of your fabric sections until you have your slipcover.
  • To see how I made the ruffle, see the video below.
  • To hem the bottom, trim- leaving about three inches beyond where you want the bottom to be.
  • Now, iron the hem 1/4 inch up, all the way around.
  • Then repeat this step again, folding it a couple inches up and ironing in place as you go.
  • Stitch in place using a wide stitch and you. are. done.

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Watch this video to see how easy it is!

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  1. Dana
    January 12, 2019 / 2:33 PM

    Sarah, Beautiful! Do you have a source for the linen? How many yards did you use?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 12, 2019 / 4:13 PM

      Thank you, sweet Dana, I got the linen at Joanns and each chair needs 2 1/2 yards. Hope that helps! xoxo

  2. Cindy
    January 17, 2019 / 3:59 PM

    I keep an eye out at thrift stores for linen curtains to make slip covers. Cotton drop cloths also make great slip covers.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 26, 2019 / 2:57 AM

      Yes, both excellent suggestions!!

  3. March 3, 2019 / 4:26 PM

    Really great video !! You have given excellent guidelines for making custom dining chair slipcovers

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 9, 2019 / 12:24 PM

      Thank you, Adeline! Also, I love YOUR company and recommend it to my followers that can’t sew!!

  4. Holly
    March 27, 2020 / 8:31 AM

    Where is this rug from? I love it and am having a hard time buying one online because I worry about the color in picture being accurate.

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